Musicality Lab, 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons

Musicality makes dancing delicious. Nothing else does. Read more.

Twice a month we teach Musicality Lab, a challenging intermediate-level workshop aimed at making your dance really fit the music. Details:

Musicality Lab is aimed at dancers who want to deepen their dancing by becoming more musical. It's not for beginners, it's for those who have taken classes, are dancing regularly, and have become aware that just doing moves isn't really dancing; set moves rarely if ever fit the music you're trying to dance to.

Musicality Lab is about breaking out of just doing some dance with its set moves and exploring new territory. The goal is for you to use everything you know to dance to the music playing right now, rather than just executing a series of dance moves.

Open role, gender neutral

In Musicality Lab our students get to dance both roles, learning at least a little of the role they don't usually dance. You'll dance with both men and women, in both roles. Besides making you a better dancer, this is a key element in our underlying philosophy of dance, as outlined in Creative collaboration. So lead/follow balance is never an issue at Musicality Lab: everyone's both.

What's a lab?

In Musicality Lab we alternate teaching sessions with open dancing sessions so you get to try out the stuff you just learned in a few real, uninterrupted dances before we come back to teaching. We have three teaching sessions with open dancing between, and more open dancing after the 3rd teaching session.

Our approach: combining the wisdom of tango and blues/swing

We draw on the extraordinary depth of these two profound traditions, extracting and combining the wisdom they contain about how two bodies can move together musically. Either of these dance traditions contains a lifetime's worth of wisdom about dancing musically. Combine the two? The possibilities are breathtaking.

Our basics: 8-count swing and the open box. We teach only 8-count blues & swing/foxtrot because swing/blues/foxtrot music is all 8-count: the universal phrase is two 4-beat measures. Our basic step for tango is the open box, a simplified version of the tango box which was widely taught through most of the 20th Century, and which has become popular again with some notable teachers from Argentina.

Our basics are easy to learn; our focus is on musicality and connection rather than fancy moves and intricate steps. You can learn the gist of either of our basics in a few minutes, and spend the rest of your life exploring it. Either makes a lovely dance all by itself, just dancing the basic.

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